Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Outrage after small Alabama town hired black drag queens to dance in Christmas parade

A troupe of drag queens caused controversy when they performed at a rural town in Alabama's Christmas parade. In a part of America known for its staunch conservatism and deep religious values the "Prancing Elites", as the young men call themselves, made quite a stir. Wearing knee-high boots and matching Santa hats and jackets revealing their midriffs, they performed their dance routine to jeers and shocked comments.

The troupe had been invited to the Semmes Christmas parade. However, when the day came many in the crowd found the boys too hard to handle. Claudia Davis was at the parade with her daughter. "I was outraged and appalled. I never expect anything like this at the Semmes Christmas parade," she said. "If they were gonna put this kind of activity in the parade, they should have notified the people of Semmes so that we had a choice whether we wanted out children to attend and see something like that," Davis added.

The parade route, a 1.7-mile stretch in west Mobile County, was filled with quiet outrage. Organizers were equally taken aback. "I had no idea that they would be dressed the way they were and that they would think it's appropriate for a community Christmas parade," said Karen McDuffie, who accepted applications for the event. "Their costumes and the style of dancing were inappropriate."

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McDuffie, who is on the board of directors of the Friends of Semmes, the group that created the parade, said the Prancing Elites' moves were "vulgar" and "not appropriate for a children's Christmas parade," before apologizing on behalf of the organization. She said she received calls from dismayed parents, warning her that they would not attend next year if the group performed again. Prancing Elites troupe leader Kentrell Collins said: "We do want to apologize if we offended anybody who did not know who we were before today, but still at the end of the day, we only just came to dance and we did get invited."


Anonymous said...

I don' care if gays wish to get married. I really don't want to see grown men dressed like this in a family parade. A gay Mardi Gras, yes. This sort of thing really irritates me. I'm sure someone will have a go at me, because god forbid I should have an opinion of my own.

Aw said...

I agree with you, anon. I don't get the point of this. Christmas is for children and families. If they were pole dancers, it would be just as inappropriate.

Anonymous said...

kindly remove the stick from your bottom and get over yourselves.
oh, and welcome to the 21st century

Anonymous said...

Oh, FFS, yourself. No one is saying they can never dance like that but clearly it was a little over the top for children. What's wrong with making the dance milder for younger people? We have a very freethinking household but that doesn't mean I want my daughter to watch hyper-sexualized dances until she's old enough to make sense of them.
Also, AW, Christmas is for EVERYONE. Not just children and families. It's the celebration of the birth of a revolutionary who's main premise was that ALL are welcome in the kingdom of heaven. Not just those we piddly humans deem worthy.

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Insolitus said...

If you invite a dancing drag group called Prancing Elites to perform in your party, don't be shocked when they appear dressed as girls and dance provocatively. That's kind of the whole point. If the performance was not appropriate for the event, it is the problem of the event planner who booked the act, not the performers.

Also, Christmas is for everyone, not just for Christians, Anonymous. Everyone gets to choose whether to celebrate and what. It's the celebration of Jesus only if you decide that that's what it means to you.